The New Romantic
Blake Conway is a senior in college and in the unenviable position of being a sex columnist who is not having any sex. A longtime devotee of romantic comedies, she’s removed herself from the dating equation entirely as she bemoans the technological coldness of modern hook-ups. Of course, the nature of her column requires a little more spice, and so emboldened by the lure of a writing award named after Hunter S. Thompson she embraces the spirit of gonzo journalism and decides to find herself a sugar baby relationship, as soon as she figures out what that means.
Carly Stone brings charm and unexpected sweetness to her directorial debut in unlocking the heart and vulnerability of a young woman figuring out what love should mean. As the outwardly confident Blake, Jessica Barden beautifully combines cynicism and naïveté with a consistent side of sass.
- Drea Clark, Senior Programmer
Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.
Winner of the SXSW Special Jury Recognition for First Feature